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                                  Laurens Iowa                                                         November 27, 2007
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Kiwanis donate
                                                                                                    Club House
Money to Park
                                                                                                      Special
Board                                                                                         Saturday, November 29th
By Kent Radford
                                                                                                  Chicken or Beef
On Tuesday morning, November 21, at
the regular Kiwanis Club meeting, Kenny                                                           Chimichangas,
Gisch and William Edmonds handed over a
$2,000 check from the Laurens Kiwanis Club to the Laurens City Park Board. John Ja-
                                                                                                 with Refried Beans
                          mison, Chairman of the Park Board, received the check. The               Serving is from 5 to 9 pm.
                          $2,000 was obtained from the proceeds of the Kiwanis an-                      Public Welcome.
                          nual golf ball drop. This $2,000 check, along with matching
                          funds from the Laurens Industrial Foundation will, be part of                         West Hwy 10
                          the funding necessary to restore the tennis courts to working                         Laurens, Iowa
condition. The planned restoration has been tentatively planned for next spring.                               (712) 841-2287




                                                                   Diana Johnsen Attends Iowa
                                                                   All-State Festival in Ames
                                                                   Diana Johnsen attended the Iowa All-State Festival in Ames on
                                                                   November 15-17. The festival was a success with a wonderful con-
                                                                   cluding concert at the Hilton Coliseum.



The band at the concert being taped by IPTV




                                                                                           Diana Johnsen, left, with band direc-
                                                          Closeup of Diana playing her     tor, Meredith Allen
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Birth                                            College Financial                             Thanks!
Announcement                                     Aid Meeting                                   Thank you to NAPA for the Turkey that
                                                                                               I won. Esther Hackett
Aubrey Mae Taylor weighed 9 pounds,              The Laurens-Marathon guidance office
3 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. She
was born November 13, 2007, at St.
                                                 has invited a representative from the
                                                 Iowa Student Loan College Access Net-
                                                 work (ICAN) to provide a free financial
                                                                                               Lost!
Lukes Regional Medical Center in Sioux
                                                 aid presentation at 7:00 p.m. on Thurs-       8 year old male, neutered cat. He is a
City. Grandparents are Bill and Cheryl
                                                 day, November 29 in the high school           dark gray tiger-striped cat with green
Bush of Laurens and Kevin and Cathi
                                                 media center. The presentation is geared      eyes. He weighs about 12 lbs. His
Taylor of Ida Grove. Great grandparents
                                                 to high school seniors and their parents.     name is Comet and he knows his name.
are Edward Fischer of Humboldt, and
                                                 High school juniors and their parents         He has a medi-
Lester and Marjorie Paulsen of Hartley.
                                                 are also welcome to attend. Topics will       cal condition
Great great
                                                 include: Completing the FAFSA (Free           and needs his
grandmother
                                                 Application for Federal Student Aid),         medicine. He
is Viola
                                                 electronic processing, deadlines, over-       is a child’s pet.
Spieker of
                                                 view of the financial aid process, types       If found, call
Manning.
                                                 of financial assistance available, scholar-    712-841-2149.
She was wel-
comed home                                       ships and scams, helpful tips, and where
by, Kaleb 16                                     to go for help.
months.



                                                                                               Thanks
                                                                                               In this season of thanks, we would like
At the Library                                                                                 to thank both Denny Waters and Joy
                                                                                               Waters for everything that they gave
with Glenda Mulder
                                                                                               to our children, Brandon, Taryn, and
         The      Women’s         Club                                                         Sydney. Denny, through his interest in
presentation of “Voices from the Past: a Laurens Anthology” was a big success. It drew         the students, innovative techniques of
a nice crowd who enjoyed the visit from historic residents of Laurens. The program was         communicating science, and rapport
followed by coffee, goodies, and time to chat with the guests of honor.                         with the middle school students, exhib-
                                                                                               ited the best a teacher can be. Joy was
          In fiction we received Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabalon,             caring and interested in each individual
The Florist’s Daughter by Patricia Hampl, The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean              elementary student who passed through
Koontz, Hokus Pokus by Fern Michaels, Morcai Battalion by Diana Palmer, and the                her door and made a positive differ-
large print version of Double Cross by James Patterson.                                        ence with every student. While each is
                                                                                               replaced with very competent individu-
         There are still some canvas library totes available. These will make great stocking
                                                                                               als who genuinely care about students,
stuffers, so stop in and get yours today!
                                                                                               both are greatly missed. So thank you
         December’s book of choice is John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas. This is the           for the many years that you both gave to
book on which the movie Christmas with the Kranks is based. As is usually the case,            Laurens-Marathon students.
the book is even better than the movie. (In my opinion!) It’s a nice, short, lighthearted      Todd and Marcia Kay
book that’s a perfect holiday read. Join us as we talk about this book and our own family
traditions on Monday, December 17th at 7:00.

                      Check it out at the Laurens Public Library!

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Spectacular
Performance by
Laurens-Mar-
athon Drama
Students
"Bravo...or should we say Brava!"
Congratulations to the cast
and crew of "Taming the Wild,
Wild West in a Dress or... Let's
Give the Villain the Slip". Their
performance was amazing Friday
night, as the cast of this produc-
tion played to a large audience
in the Laurens-Marathon school
gym. Forty-four Laurens-Marathon students were a part
of the cast and crew. The play was directed by Nancy
Kunickis, Connie Dallenbach, Judy Boettcher, and Ken
Kunickis. A special thank you to everyone who supported
the Laurens-Marathon Drama department by attending
the performance Friday evening and those that donated
props. Everyone is so proud of all the students that were a
part of this production! The audience too was wonderful!
The cast, crew, and directors are very grateful to the com-
munity for your support and allowing them to share their
talents. It truly was an evening of fine entertainment, but
most of all, an evening of fun.


Good Samaritan Receives Safety Achievement Award
The Good Samaritan Society: Hovenden            the Good Samaritan Society's National      team spirit and hard work that goes into
of Laurens was recently honored for             Campus in Sioux Falls, presented the       such an achievement are to be com-
reaching the goal of one year without           award during a formal ceremony to          mended and admired. We are proud of
any staff member losing work time to             Chester Miller (Environmental Services     you and see your center as an example
care for residents due to injury. "Our          Supervisor), the Center's Safety Co-       for others to follow."
center has fervently been working               ordinator. Along with the award, the
towards this goal for some time now,"           Center also received a Safety Achieve-
stated Administrator Jennifer My-               ment flag and $126 for the pizza party.
ers. "One of our team members, Kim              Dean Mertz, Vice President for Human
Whitlock, even went as far as making a          Resources at National Campus, congrat-
count-down board for the final 30 days           ulated them by saying, "This is quite an
(to reach a year). We got staff excited          accomplishment that benefits everyone.
about it and then celebrated with a pizza       Each day that goes by without lost time
party and award presentation." Jeff Her-         contains worker's compensation costs,
ried, Risk Management Consultant from           ensures a safe work environment for staff
                                                and benefits the residents greatly. The
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Pocahontas
County 4-H
Awards
4-H’ers in Pocahontas County were                                                                           Janice Halder - 20
honored at an Awards Matinee Sunday,                                                                        Year Leader
November 18 at the Rialto Theatre in
Pocahontas. The Pocahontas County
Youth Council planned the event and        Megan Jorganson & Kelsey Fey - Hall of Fame Award
presented the awards to the 4-H’ers.
Special honors were given to Megan Jor-
genson for the Pocahontas County Hall
of Fame Leadership Award and Kelsey
Fey for the Pocahontas County Hall
of Fame Achievement Award. Janice
Halder was honored for serving 20 years
as a 4-H leader and Amy Dunkerly, Lola
DeWall, Deb Ekstrand for 10 years and                                                          From left to right; JoAnn Pe-
Marilee Kleespies and JoAnn Peters for                                                         ters, Amy Dunkerly, Marilee
5 years of service to the 4-H program.                                                         Kleespies, and Deb Ekstrand
Jean Trimble, Judy Krips, and Bonnie
Wood were given the Distinguished          From left to right; Bonnie Wood, Judy Krips, &
Service Award for their contributions to   Jean Trimble - Distinguished Service Awards
the Pocahontas County 4-H Program.
Bonnie has helped with the 4-H quilt
for the past 7 years and Jean and Judy
have run the 4-H food stand during the     Local & School Calendar
fair for several years.                    Nov. 27-
                                           Basketball with Schaller/Crestland at Laurens, girls & boys at 6:30 p.m.;
           Send Your News to               JH Basketball with Newell/Fonda at 4:00 p.m., 7th & 8th girls at Laurens, 7th & 8th
                                           boys at Fonda
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                                           Wrestling with Pocahontas Area & Storm Lake at Storm Lake, JV & V at 6:00 p.m.;
                                           JV Basketball with West Bend/Mallard at Laurens, girls & boys at 6:00 p.m.;
                                           JH Basketball with West Bend/Mallard at Laurens, 7th & 8th boys at 4:00 p.m.;
 We feature 100% user                      12th Grade Parent Meeting (College Financial Aid), 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center.
 - generated content. In
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other words, you submit
                                           Dec. 1-Hugh Linn Wrestling Invitational at Gilmore City, V at 10:00 a.m.
the articles and photos.
  It’s Fun, Informative                    Dec. 3-Basketball with Southern Cal at Laurens, girls & boys at 6:30 p.m.;
                                           JH Basketball with Pocahontas Area at Laurens, 7th & 8th girls at 4:00 p.m.
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Food Pantry Update                          Laurens United Methodist Church
The Food Pantry has become very             Wed. Nov. 28                     12:00 p.m. ~ Leadership
depleted this last month or so. I an-                                        7:00 p.m. ~ Finance
ticipate increased activity due to higher                                    7:00 p.m. ~ Worship
grocery and gas prices so I am asking                                        7:30 p.m. ~ Sr. UMYF
for your help! The following items are                                       8:15 p.m. ~ Ad Council
greatly needed: Sacked cereal, sugar,       Fri. Nov. 30                     7:00 a.m. ~ Men’s Bible
peanut butter, flour, jelly, cleaning                                         Study
products, hamburger helper, kleenex,        Sun. Dec. 2                      9:00 a.m. ~ Sunday School
box potatoes, toilet paper, canned pasta,
laundry detergent, pancake mix, sham-                                        9:30 a.m. ~ Fellowship
poo, syrup, ketchup, cream of chicken                                        Coffee
soup, cream of celery soup, macaroni                                         10:30 a.m. ~ Worship
and cheese.                                                                  11:30 a.m. ~ Consecration Meal/Saddle bag return
Cash donations are very much appreciat-                                       4:00 p.m. ~ Pastor Larry leads nursing home service
ed for perishable items from the grocery                                      7:00 p.m. ~ Choir practice
store. Please bring donations to the Lau-   Mon. Dec. 3                       7:00 p.m. ~ Quilt Club
rens United Methodist Church. Thank         Wed. Dec. 5                       4:00 p.m. ~ Confirmation
you for your generosity. Linda Olson                                          4:30 p.m. ~ Town Christmas Party Soup Supper
                                                                              7:30 p.m. ~ Seekers
                                            Thur. Dec. 6                      2:00 p.m. ~ UMW Exec
The Laurens Fed-                            Fri. Dec. 7
                                            Sat. Dec. 8
                                                                              7:00 a.m. ~ Men’s Bible Study
                                                                              7:00 a.m. ~ UM Men
erated Women’s                                                                Festival of Trees opens


Club Presented                                                                                       Send Your News to
“Voices from the Past: a Laurens An-
thology” at the Laurens Public Library
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evening. The
audience was
entertained by
past residents
of Laurens as
portrayed by
members of
the Women’s
Club. Pic-
tured is Grace
Hertz as the                                                                                    Every Friday
first president of the Laurens Women’s          Thanks for giving us Laurenians a
club, Etta Mae Crowder.                     reason to look forward to Tuesdays!!              Twofers - 5-6 p.m.
     Pat Frantz certainly captured the
essence of Biddy Sundberg, a local com-
munity activist and Eastern Star mem-
                                                                                                     Happy
ber. The remaining special guests are
shown resting as their counterparts told                                                            Holidays!
about their lives in Laurens.                                                                    841-6986
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Remembering                                  Cody Pierce Earns Honors
                                                    Cody Pierce, a senior at Buena Vista Univer-
Jennifer Ferguson                            sity in Storm Lake, received the following honors
                                             in his 4 years of playing football for the Beavers:
Jennifer Rae Ferguson, 48, of Ames,           **A team captain for the past two years
died unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 11 at         **Leading tackler for BV the past three years, with
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics     total tackles of 364
in Iowa City. Services were Wednesday,       **1st Team All Conference for 2 years
Nov. 14, at St. James Methodist Church       **Defensive MVP - 3 years
in Cedar Rapids. Burial was in the Ames      **1st Team All Region - 2006
Municipal Cemetary.                          **Second Team All- American - 2006
  Jennifer Rae Ferguson was born March       **Pre-Season 1st Team All American - 2007
6, 1959 in Cedar Rapids, the daughter        **Scored 3 touchdowns
of Arthur and Jeanette Reusch. She               Cody is the son of Alan and Carol Pierce of     Cody is shown with his father, Alan,
received a bachelors degree in nursing       Spencer, former Laurens residents.                  one of the coaches at BVU.
from Mount Mercy College. She mar-
ried Kerry Ferguson April 30, 1983, at
St. James Methodist Church in Cedar          Holiday Lighting and Collections at the Grotto
Rapids. She attended Collegiate United       West Bend, IA - Beginning November                Redemption, listed on the National
Methodist Church in Ames. Her cho-           23 through January 13, the Grotto of              Register of Historic Places, is open for
sen profession was as a board-certified       the Redemption will be aglow with                 visitation year round. Guided tours are
neonatal RN. She excelled in this field       thousands of Christmas lights each                offered from May through October or
and took great pride in handling the         evening. The holiday lights emphasize             by appointment. A DVD tour featuring
toughest cases.                              the magnificent structure of the Grotto,           Father Greving is available for viewing in
   She enjoyed scrapbooking, cooking,        which covers more than one city block             the Grotto Museum or can be purchased
cross-stitching, quilting, snow skiing and   and includes stones and semi-precious             in the Grotto Gift Shop, open daily. For
going to the lake. Her family will miss      stones from around the world. It tells            more information, call 515-887-2371 or
her dearly.                                  the beautiful story of Christ's life and          email info@westbendgrotto.com.
     She is survived by her husband,         our Redemption in stone. In addition
Kerry; three children, Stephanie, Kurtis     to the lights, Father
and Rebecca, all of Ames and attend-         Verne Stapenhorst will
ing Iowa State University; her parents,      have his Santa, snow-
Arthur Sr. and Jeanette Reusch, of Cedar     man, village and crèche
Rapids; two brothers, Arthur (Diane)         collections on display
Reusch Jr., of St. Louis, Mo., and Allen     in the Grotto Café
(Evie) Reusch, of Macomb, Il.; one sister    and museum. "To
Jolynn (Randy)Limkemman of East              display my Christmas
Lyme, Conn.; one brother-in-law, Kevin       collection is a special
(Vicky) Ferguson, of Elmhurst, Il.; her      gift that can be shared
father- and mother-in-law Robert and         with the community.
Phyllis Ferguson, of Ames; and many          I pray that the decora-
nieces and nephews. Both Robert and          tions will renew the
Phyllis (Wenell) Ferguson graduated          joy of Christmas for
from Laurens High School in 1951.            young and old during
                                             the season. I believe
                                             the crèches teach that
                                             the Christ Child is the true reason for           Father Verne Stapenhorst with his Santa,
                                             the celebration of Christmas." states Fr.         snowman, village and crèche collections on
                                             Verne. His collections in the Cafe can            display in the Grotto Café and museum.
                                             be viewed Monday-Friday from 10am-
                                             3pm and from 1pm-3pm on Saturdays
Our Town Our Paper!                          through December. The Grotto of the
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SCT Playhouse Cabaret Presents “A Christmas Survival Guide”
SPENCER, IA - Spencer Community              Happy New Year Blues” is a singles la-            Tickets for the Christmas Cabaret
Theatre announces its fifth annual Caba-      ment; “Santa Claus is Back in Town” an       go on sale Nov. 12 for SCT Contrib-
ret fundraising production! This year’s      Elvis-inspired rock-n-roll number, fea-      uting Members and Nov. 19 for the
Christmas Cabaret features the comedic       turing Laurens-Marathon graduate Mike        public. To reserve tickets call the SCT
musical revue “A Christmas Survival          Slattery as Santa Elvis. Comedy-lovers       Box Office at (712) 262-7336. The
Guide” followed by a festive holiday hors    won’t be disappointed with “The Twelve       Christmas Cabaret has a limited two-
d’oeuvres buffet. The Christmas Cabaret       Steps of Christmas” or                                 night run at 7:30 p.m. on Dec.
has a limited run of two performances        the winter wonderland                                  7 and Dec. 8. Included in the
on December 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m.             experience gone awry                                   $25 ticket price is a seat for
     The evening will be chock-full of       in a very unique ver-                                  the musical comedy revue “A
songs, vignettes, advice, and enough         sion of “Sleigh Ride.”                                 Christmas Survival Guide” and
messages about the “true meaning of               This year’s Christ-                               a festive hors d’oeuvres and
Christmas” to get everyone through the       mas Cabaret marks the                                  beverage buffet following the
holidays. The evening is a fun, festive      fifth fundraising per-                                  performance.
road map to holiday sanity aimed at any-     formance for Spencer                                       SCT Playhouse is located
one who’s ever experienced the stress of     Community Theatre. The funds raised          one block off Grand Avenue in down-
the holidays as well as the joy.             by these performances are vital to the       town Spencer at 518 1st Ave. E. SCT
    As perfect for a company Christ-         programming offered by Spencer Com-           Playhouse is accessible to the physically
mas party as it is for a special night out   munity Theatre, which includes two ful-      challenged. Reserved parking stalls
with a loved one, “A Christmas Survival      ly-staged Children’s Theatre productions     are located east of the facility. SCT’s
Guide” is a welcome addition to SCT’s        yearly, classes for children and adults, a   Christmas Cabaret is made possible with
long history of top-notch revues. New        touring improvisational troupe, and at       the help of a generous sponsorship from
York Press raved, “Ho-Ho-Hilarious! By       least four mainstage productions every       Evertek. For more information call
far the funniest Christmas revue around.     year. All proceeds raised by the Cabaret     Spencer Community Theatre at (712)
A clever and irresistible bon-bon that       are essential in continuing SCT’s 48-year    262-7336 or go to www.spencercommu-
serves up the holiday with a mischievous     history of excellence in the arts.           nitytheatre.com.
wink. The perfect antidote to seasonal
stress!”
    This fast-paced evening of sketch
comedy and song features an on-stage
band and many performers from Spen-
cer and the surrounding community.
The songs showcase a mix of original
and traditional holiday tunes. “The




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